Viburnum lantanoides (formerly Viburnum alnifolium)
Hobblebush vi-BER-num lan-ta-NOI-dez)
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, to 9-12 ft (~2.5-3.5 m) high, branches forked, outer branches often pendulous
and may root if they touch the ground and grow in a procumbent manner. Leaves opposite, simple,
broad-ovate, in widely spaced pairs, 10-20 cm long, irregularly serrate, tip short acuminate, base cordate,
stellate pubescence on both sides, eventually glabrous, but may be retained on the veins below; petiole 3-6 cm
long. Leaves may have good red fall color. Flowers in 8-12 cm wide clusters, marginal
flowers white, sterile and 2.5 cm wide. Fruits is red at first then black, 8 mm long.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native range from New Brunswick to Michigan and south
to North Carolina; mostly found in shady, moist mountain woods.
- lantanoides: similar to or resembles Viburnum lantana
- Hobblebush: common name apparently derived from the ability of pendulous branches to touch the ground and
root which form obstacles to travel and easily trip (or hobble) walkers.